By Scott Barker, Communications and Sports Information Intern
KANSAS CITY, Mo. – Oklahoma City is No. 1 for the second-straight edition of the NAIA Men’s Cross Country Coaches’ Top 25 Poll, the national office announced Wednesday. The Stars won their third-straight national championship at McAlpine Creek Park in Charlotte, N.C. on Saturday, Nov. 21.
Top 25 Highlights (historical information dates back to 1999):
• After dominating the national championships, Oklahoma City is the unanimous No. 1 team after receiving 18 first-place votes and 436 total points.
• Runner-up Saint Mary (Kan.) comes in at No. 2 after receiving 422 points. The Spires No. 2 ranking is the highest in school history.
• Three newcomers join this week’s installment – No. 18 Westmont (Calif.), No. 21 Campbellsville (Ky.) and No. 24 Embry Riddle (Ariz.).
• Campbellsville is in the Top 25 for the first time since the postseason poll was conducted on Nov. 5, 2004.
• Embry-Riddle is ranked for the first time in school history.
• Westmont is back in the Top 25 after not being ranked last time. The Warriors were No. 16 in the Oct. 28 poll.
• The Sooner Athletic Conference, Crossroads League, Cascade Collegiate Conference and Golden State Athletic Conference leads all leagues with three teams represented each.
• Fourteen of the 21 conferences/Association of Independent Institutions are represented in the Top 25.
• Thirty-eight teams have been ranked this season.
• Two teams have been ranked No. 1 – Southern Oregon (eight weeks) and Oklahoma City (two weeks).
• Oklahoma City (2014) and former NAIA-member Malone (Ohio) (2007 & 2008) are the only teams to go the entire season ranked No. 1
• No. 15 Southern Oregon had its streak of 19-consecutive top-10 mentions end.
• Former NAIA-member Malone and Southern Oregon are tied for the most No. 1 rankings with 38.
• Five schools have been ranked in the top 10 all season – No. 3 Indiana Wesleyan, No. 4 St. Francis (Ill.), No. 6 Lewis-Clark State (Idaho), No. 8 Carroll (Mont.) and No. 10 Olivet Nazarene (Ill.).
• No. 13 Aquinas (Mich.) extends its streak of being in the Top 25 poll to a NAIA-best 155-consecutive mentions, dating back to Aug. 22, 2000.
• SCAD Savannah (Ga.) had the biggest jump in the Top 25, as it jumped up 11 spots from No. 23 to No. 11. The Bees are in the top 15 for the first time since the Nov. 23, 2011 postseason poll.
• Southern Oregon had the biggest fall as it dropped 13 positions to No. 15 from No. 2.
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• The poll was voted upon by a panel of head coaches representing each of the conferences and the Association of Independent Institutions.
• The Top 25 is determined by a points system based on how each voter ranks the best teams. A team receives 30 points for each first-place vote, 29 for second-place and so on through the list.
• The highest and lowest ranking for each team (a non-rating is considered a low ratings) is removed and the team’s ranking will be recalculated with an additional point added to each team for every ballot (including discounted ballots) that the teams appears on.
• Teams that receive only one point in the ballot are not considered “receiving votes”
• For the complete Top 25 calendar, click here.
2015 NAIA Men's Cross Country Coaches' Top 25 Poll – Postseason (Nov. 25)
|RANK||LAST WEEK||SCHOOL (1ST PLACE VOTES)||FINAL POINTS|
|1||1||Oklahoma City (16)||436|
|2||5||Saint Mary (Kan.)||422|
|4||7||St. Francis (Ill.)||394|
|6||3||Lewis-Clark State (Idaho)||366|
|7||9||College of Idaho||352|
|9||15||The Master’s (Calif.)||321|
|10||10||Olivet Nazarene (Ill.)||306|
|11||11||Dalton State (Ga.)||291|
|12||23||SCAD Savannah (Ga.)||278|
|19||23||Northwest Christian (Ore.)||188|
|23||13||Wayland Baptist (Texas)||133|
Dropped from the Top 25: Northwestern (Iowa) (No. 19), Morningside (Iowa) (No. 21) and Bethel (Ind.) (No. 25)
Others receiving votes: Northwestern (Iowa) 86; Milligan (Tenn.) 71; Cornerstone (Mich.) 56; Morningside (Iowa) 39; Dickinson State (N.D.) 27; Shawnee State (Ohio) 4; Saint Xavier (Ill.) 3